Trump really would give presidential recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump really would give presidential recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Priestly blessing conferred at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the high holy days. (Image via ToI)

[Ed. – Congress gave it years ago, and has regularly voted to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.  Would Trump finally do that?  Roger Simon thinks so.]

[T]his would be a significant decision on Trump’s part with great international ramifications and I owe my critics a bit longer response than I could give in 140-character tweets.

To begin with, Trump attended the meeting Sunday [with Netanyahu] in the company of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner — a real estate investor himself and publisher of The Observer who has emerged as one of Trump’s key advisers — is an Orthodox Jew and therefore takes the Jerusalem issue quite seriously, far more than almost any politician or political professional would.  This could only signal to Netanyahu — and should to all of us — that Trump was not taking the meeting, or anything he said in it, lightly.

Yes, he could have been using Kushner as an emblem of some sort, but I suspect Kushner himself would have been unhappy about that. …

More importantly, Trump, not being a lifetime politician, would be the first president, basically ever, well-positioned to follow through on the pledge. He has never participated in the seemingly endless rounds of Middle East negotiations.

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